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If you are Caucasian, for example, and are considering adopting an African-American, biracial, or international child who will look very different from you, here are some questions you may need to ask yourself:

  1. How do I feel about raising a child and providing him with a sense of his heritage?
  2. How would I handle the comments from others about how my child looks different from me?
  3. How would I feel about my child marrying someone of the same racial or ethnic background and having grandchildren of that heritage?
  4. How would I feel about my child marrying someone of a different race?
  5. Do I have friends or relatives outside of my race or culture?
  6. How will I feel if people tell me how lucky my child is to be adopted by an American family?
  7. Will my expectations for the child be based on his race or culture?
  8. Do I feel differently about adopting a black or Asian girl versus a black or Asian boy?


The materials for this course have been reprinted with permission from the book The Complete Adoption Book, Third Edition, Copyright 2005, 2000, 1997, by Laura Beauvais-Godwin and Raymond W. Godwin. Used by permission of Adams Media, an F+W Media, Inc. Co. All rights reserved. The complete book is available at bookstores on and offline.


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